You made me smile, All_Over_Again. You clearly don't care for attorneys yet you're going to become one. Will all of your work be pro bono? If so, how will you maintain your practice?
Don't take this wrong...I'm not being mean and this is not an attacking post. I just think it's interesting the direction your life is taking you. Here's hoping your experiences with the BON and the Nurse Practice Act laws will make you an outstanding attorney and advocate for nurses. Unfortunately you won't be able to do that for free. I appreciate your willingness to vent your frustrations. I know you speak what many people think but are afraid to say. You are a valuable member of this community!
I also find it interesting that the need to retain an attorney is looked upon as somehow "wrong" or "evil" or that we shouldn't need the services of an attorney (not just be you, but by a majority if the nurses I speak with). When you (meaning everyone or anyone, not specifically you) read the posts on this forum and other nursing forums regarding retaining the services of a license defense attorney you find numerous posts stating they wish they had retained an attorney from the start, not after they ended up with a less than desirable outcome. Trying to navigate the maze of administrative laws and represent yourself when facing the BON makes no more sense than trying to do the same in a criminal case or a malpractice case. When calculating the price of the attorney vs potential future wages lost if you screw up, the cost is well worth it.
This also points out another problem nurses face...liability insurance
. The day we graduate from nursing school is the day we should purchase our own liability insurance with a license defense clause!
Yes, purchase liability insurance in addition to whatever your employer provides. Don't fall for the, "If you have insurance they'll come after you" line. THEY'LL COME AFTER YOU ANYWAY!!
One moment at a time!